As a Postmillennial, my hope is not entirely on what will be, but also in what was and is. My hope is not only rooted in the return of Christ but also in the resurrection and ruling of Christ as King of the world now through the spirit of God, working in the people of God to accomplish what Adam and Israel could not. I believe Christ returns, but not until the Spirit of God has accomplished its Trinitarian purpose as the Father and the Son did (1 Cor. 15:23-26). So I believe the Gospel reached the ends of the world in the first century (Acts 13, Is. 49:6) as well as its continual reach to the ends of the world today. I believe that being a follower of Jesus has an ethical impact on the individual and society (1 John 2). I believe the world isn’t perfect, nor will it be until Christ return, but I believe it is most certainly different today than 500 years ago and then 500 years before that because of the Gospel.
“The Postmillennial is full of hope, even in the most hopeless of situations.”
While you’ll rarely hear the Postmillennial cry out “Come Lord Jesus” as a cure-all to the injustice in the world, primarily because we believe that the New Covenant reality of the all-encompassing ever indwelling nature of the Spirit of God working through His people for the Gospel’s spread, and the worlds ethical healing is due to God’s being with us now by His Spirit working through His people to accomplish what Adam and Israel could not, there are times when it requires a great deal of faith and hope in what Christ has and is doing in the world. While some wait for a future cataclysmic redemption, the Postmillennial brings redemption to the world through God’s Spirit and the spread of the Kingdom of God.
“57 Million babes are crying out for hope.”
Given this reality, our current societal woes can, at times, draw me in to discouragement. The reality of America’s white washed genocide that out paces any in known history. A genocide that preys on women and minorities that is supported whole sale by those who claim to be most diligently for women and minorities. A country that incarcerates more people per capita than any place on Earth, and a system designed to crush rather than redeem. A sex culture that seeks to live without walls regarding its every desire. We’ve simply handed over truth to those who believe and live as though truth exists while they simultaneously deny its existence. This is all absurdity and not nearly exhausting of our current state of affairs. The world is crying out for hope. We have the voice of hope, but a voice with only potential hope is no hope at all. Hope is rooted in what has been done, what is being done, and what will be done. This is a Trinitarian hope.
I’ve been laughed at, smirked at, belittled, ostracized, and marginalized over what was once a mainstream and orthodox Christian reality, but I’ve also seen more and more that are realizing the truth and impact of a Trinitarian hope. While many can only seem to muster up enough of a social and ethical Gospel voice as to cry out “Come Lord Jesus”, an increasing number are finding their hopeful voice to be able to say with certainty that the Kingdom of God has come (Matt. 4:13), that Christ is seated as ruling King over the world (Ps. 110:1, Eph. 2:18-23), and that it is coming through the Spirit of God working in and through His people to accomplish what Adam and Israel could not (Matt. 28:18-19, Acts).
“The world needs us to believe and live in a Trinitarian hope.”